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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 16:52 GMT
Timetable: US election results
On the night of 2 November the counting of more than 100 million votes should reveal who will be the next president of the United States.

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If the opinion polls are to be believed this year's presidential election promises to be a very close-run thing. But the closer the result, the longer it will take for it to be "called" or predicted by the experts.

There will be live election coverage around the clock on the BBC News website. The link below gives full details of the BBC's TV and radio coverage both in the UK and the rest of the world.

To find out what may happen when, read on.

0000-0030 GMT 3 November - polls close in eight states

Early returns and exit polls may start to come in from Indiana and Kentucky from 2300 GMT.

0000 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
Indiana - 11
Kentucky - 8
South Carolina - 8
Vermont - 3
Virginia - 13
0030 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
North Carolina - 15
Ohio - 20
West Virginia - 5
But the American television networks have pledged not to call any states as being won by either George Bush or John Kerry until all the polling booths there have closed.

This means that calls, predicted and partial results will be coming in for eight states between midnight and 0100 GMT.

Unless there is a landslide result on the way, these states are unlikely to tell us a great deal about the eventual winner.

0100-0130 GMT - polls close in 17 states plus DC

0100 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
Alabama - 9
Connecticut - 7
Delaware - 3
District of Columbia - 3
Florida - 27
Georgia - 15
Illinois - 21
Maine - 4
Maryland - 10
Massachusetts - 12
Mississippi - 6
Missouri - 11
New Hampshire - 4
New Jersey - 15
Oklahoma - 7
Pennsylvania - 21
Tennessee - 11
0130 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Arkansas - 6

This is the hour when a first stab at a national prediction may be possible, but only if the winner is trouncing his opponent. Information will be coming in thick and fast now as all the polls finally close in the key states of Florida, New Hampshire, and also in Pennsylvania.

At this hour the polls will also close in 14 other states plus the District of Columbia, enabling calls to follow soon.

In Kansas, Michigan, North and South Dakota and Texas some of the polling stations will close, meaning early returns may be available at about this time.

0200 GMT - polls close in 15 states

0200 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
Arizona - 10
Colorado - 9
Kansas - 6
Louisiana - 9
Michigan - 17
Minnesota - 10
Nebraska - 5
New Mexico - 5
New York - 31
North Dakota - 3
Rhode Island - 4
South Dakota - 3
Texas - 34
Wisconsin - 10
Wyoming - 3

By now a landslide result would have been picked up by the pundits, but this is the first point where a strong victory, as opposed to a dramatic landslide may start to reveal itself.

The swing states of Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico and Wisconsin may be called for the Democrats or Republicans between now and 0300 GMT.

Eleven other states also report during this hour.

0300 GMT - polls close in four states

0300 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
Iowa - 7
Montana - 3
Nevada - 5
Utah - 5

Two more swing states could be called in this hour.

The polls close in both Iowa and Nevada.

Voting will also have finished in Montana and Utah.

0400 GMT - polls close in five states

0400 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
California - 55
Hawaii - 4
Idaho - 4
Oregon - 7
Washington - 11

Unless the race is extremely close it should be possible to have a winner declared by now. California, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington and Idaho will all finish voting at this time, leaving Alaska as the only place where voters are still at the polls.

0500-0600 GMT - polls close in one state

0500-0600 GMT POLLS CLOSE IN:
Figures are states' electoral votes
Alaska - 3
All the polls will close across Alaska by 0600. The state is a safe bet for George W Bush, so it is unlikely to affect the results already in, unless the election is extremely close.

The above timetable assumes that there are no recounts, legal challenges or technical failures which could possibly delay an election result by days or weeks.





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